Greece in the context of the global economic crisis has experienced the deepest recession in the country's modern history. The Greek financial turmoil is echoed to record unemployment and poverty rates whereas the life of a broad segment of the population has been drastically undermined. The vicious cycle of Greek recession has trapped both natives and migrants into poverty, whereas the impact on the latter is hardest. In addition, migrants have experienced an escalating intolerance against them as they have been scapegoated for the socio-economic ills of the Greek society. The study adopts a realistic group conflict theoretical framework and uses data from different rounds of the European Social Survey (ESS) to explore migrant-related attitudes among the native and migrant group between prosperous and recessionary times. The analysis uncovers an upsurge in intolerance against migrants during the economic downturn which is primarily founded in economic threat perceptions. The findings underline that as the Greek economic crisis continues to exacerbate potential tensions between the native and migrant group as well as between the members of the latter threaten the fragile social fabric of the society. Hence, it is highlighted the urgent need to inverse the anti-migrant climate by implementing adequate policies that safeguard the social cohesion.
|Keywords:||Anti-migrant Attitudes, Ethnic Relations, Economic Crisis|
Lecturer in Quantitative Methods in Sociology, Department of Sociology,Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Crete, Rethymno, Crete, Greece